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API's Gerard outlines election year campaign in State of American Energy event

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- API President and CEO Jack Gerard outlined API's advocacy and messaging priorities, issued a new report, and launched a new ad campaign during his 2014 State of American Energy speech, which focused on the impact of future policy decisions on America's energy revolution.

"To lead the energy policy discussion and educate the public on the game changing impact of the choices our nation faces when it comes to energy policy, API's 2014 messaging and advocacy theme is America's Energy, America's Choice," Gerard said. "It distills America's energy policy discussion down to a basic choice: An American energy future of energy abundance, self-sufficiency and global leadership or energy scarcity, dependence and economic uncertainty."

Gerard also outlined the broad economic, geopolitical, and security benefits of record-breaking domestic oil and natural gas production in the U.S.

"We can erase what for decades has been America's greatest economic vulnerability -- our dependence on energy sources from other continents, particularly from less stable and less friendly nations – and fundamentally alter the geopolitical landscape for decades to come, all while providing a much needed boost to our economy.   But only if we get our energy policy right," Gerard said.

Gerard also unveiled the results of a new study by IHS, which estimates that capital spending in oil and gas midstream and downstream infrastructure has increased by 60 percent between 2010 and 2013, from $56.3 billion to $89.6 billion. This increase in capital spending has provided both an economic stimulus and further proof of how shale driven oil and gas production is reshaping the U.S. oil and gas infrastructure landscape, according to the report.  The IHS analysis also estimates that $85 - $90 billion of direct capital will be allocated toward oil and gas infrastructure in 2014.  The IHS forecast of oil and gas infrastructure investment over the next 12 years (2014 – 2025) estimates a cumulative spending of $890 billion (in 2012 Dollars) in the base case, and $1.15 trillion in the high production case.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America's technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 580 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation's energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of over 15 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

SOURCE American Petroleum Institute

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